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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 23, 2010 5:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Influential Songs

My overall answer to the question, though, is that I was too young to relate to much of this music that way. It was the music of people just enough older than me that I looked up to them and envied them, but didn't feel it was "my" music.

In fourth grade our teacher explicated the lyrics of American Pie to us at great length, and that certainly stuck with me, though again, it was like she was explaining how it influenced *her*. It didn't influence a bunch of 9 year olds that way.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Sep 23, 2010 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Influential Songs

"My overall answer to the question, though, is that I was too young to relate to much of this music that way. It was the music of people just enough older than me that I looked up to them and envied them, but didn't feel it was "my" music."

I hear ya, Ringading. To me, it was the music of my babysitters: Irish sisters with long, red hair, tire-tread sandals, and bell-bottoms big enough to shade squirrels in the summer. They always had a burnt smell to them and they kind of shuffled in a Shaggie-from-Scooby-Doo kind of way.

TOOTMO

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 23, 2010 8:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Influential Songs

What age group did you have to be to be a hippy? Is it like baby boomers, where they give actual dates (1946-62 or something like that)? Can a hippy be from any era, or is it not possible to be a real hippy if you weren't, say, at least a teenager in the Summer of Love?

random, time-wasting thoughts ...

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Sep 23, 2010 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Influential Songs

I believe all you have to do is fail the smell test---time is irrelevant.


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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2010 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Influential Songs

Or pass it. With patchouli.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 23, 2010 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Influential Songs

I remember the song being a big deal, but not too interesting to me, either. I gather it relates to a 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and others. I wasn't listening to music in 59, given that I hadn't been born. So "the day the music died" ... not so meaningful.

While I don't think of the music of the 60s as "my music" exactly, I do remember it, the protests, the sense of intensity and "ball of confusion" (to cite another song) ... even, amazingly, the Haight in the summer of love, cuz of a family trip to San Fran where my folks went on a "tour of the hippies" and warned us not to eat any sugar cubes!

I remember smiling at the hippies to let them know that I liked them, even if my mom didn't. Oh, and eating the sugar cubes. Surreptitiously.

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